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BHOPAL: The Jyotiraditya Scindia impact was clear in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan cabinet on Thursday as 28 MLAs took oath in a much-delayed expansion. With 12 of them from Team Scindia, the Rajya Sabha MP thundered, “Tiger zinda hai”.
These were the exact words Chouhan had uttered on December 20, 2018, after losing the assembly polls, and had asserted that the Congress government would not last its full term.
The Madhya Pradesh cabinet now has 34 members, including the chief minister. Former Congress MLAs who propelled BJP back to power now make up 41% of the cabinet. As many as 14 of the 22 (64%) Congress MLAs who broke away with Scindia in March, toppling the Kamal Nath government, have been made ministers ahead of make-or-break bypolls. In contrast, only about 19% of BJP’s 107 MLAs made it into the cabinet.
Among those left out on Thursday were six of the old guard who had been with Chouhan in his earlier cabinets. Mendola — a confidant of BJP stalwart Kailash Vijayvargiya — was seen as a strong candidate but lost out. In fact, no one from Vijayvargiya’s team has made it to the ministry. The same goes for former CM Uma Bharti.

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